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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Sun, May 2, 2021, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

Some blood on the blades would have been nice. Down the road there was blood during the "let's prove we are not shapeshifters by slicing our palms" scenes ...

The very last scene -- silence and an exchange of knowing looks, well-done. Perhaps Jadzia could have gone to Morn for advice...
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 9:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

Thanks to Trent for the quotes in his post, making this so much easier.

Re-watch this episode and you will realize it is an allegory for Covid in the time of 2020 Politics:

PLASUS: Do you really expect me to believe that that mask can ...

VANNA: It's hard to believe something which is neither seen nor felt can do so much harm.

PLASUS: Preposterous.

VANNA: But soon ... We'll die.

KIRK: Die from something that can't be seen? You astound me, Vanna.


Sigh. It's all about the masks.
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Tue, Dec 15, 2020, 2:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Sisko could have booby trapped the station with Covid. Cardassians are well known to be vulnerable to viruses (TNG "Ensign Ro")

Disabling all of the DS9 Keurig Raktajino machines was very cold blooded.
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 1:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: That Which Survives

Anyone notice that what happened to Losira and the
Kalandans seems eerily like Covid, especially how
the disease was spread to their entire interstellar
society via the trade routes ... yikes.

Add a star for Lee Meriwether please.

Like a door opening and closing ... can we get to 2021
and get past Covid asap?
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

If Sisko had mentioned Garth, we all would have known who
he was talking about. The Gorn however is a classic and
can be haunting (just ask Sheldon Cooper).

I am sure the Star Fleet Academy Case Study that Sisko
read as a Cadet was entitled "Captain Kirk and the Gorn:
Cestas III and the importance of morals in the face of
outrage" (did the Metron mineral planet have a name?)

Does anyone have the rookie card for the Gorn who played
First Base for the Pike City Pioneers?
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 11:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

It is 2020 and we all could use The Doctor's help.

Probably just as well that the Photonic Cannon hasn't
been invented yet.
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 2:57am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Demons

everyone seems to think Tpol somehow secretly got pregnant and stashed the baby in the solar system.

Hasn't anyone noticed that she has been halfway across the galaxy in the expanse for quite a while?
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 10:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Heart of Stone

About Nog ... and Wesley Crusher

Sometimes the kids who get C's succeed because they have experience dealing with and overcoming failure. The geniuses often crumble upon stumbling for the first time

I was under the impression that Wesley didn't fail the entry exam, only that he was outscored by another genius in a "only one winner" contest

Wesley gets into SFA, then is involved in the death of an academy cadet. Genius, eh?

Nog (spoiler alert) goes on to display uncommon valor and bravery, coolness under fire, and a knack for getting things done in the Starfleet bureaucracy.

Nog has Insightful diplomatic skills too - Martok would have gutted Wesley over that promenade spot thing!
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Breaking the Ice

Surprisingly, no one else mentions that Vannik and company are NOT there to observe the earthlings
... instead they have been sent to pick up T'Pol and ferry her to her wedding.

My evidence:

The secret message

Vulcans never lie (Vannik says they are not spying)

Vannik is annoyed at being a Limo driver after 75 years of service and 15 years as Captain of a starship
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 10:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: One

@ grumpy_otter ... amen to Capt. Jellico, putting his boot to the asses of the Cardassians and the Enterprise crew alike! He even got Deanna Troy into a proper uniform (she looks good in Starfleet blue!), and probably jump started her career as a Commander.

@ Robert ... I believe we can still find examples of original mama bear Janeway in the later seasons, but as you mentioned, her experiences matching wits with the Borg and the Hirogen gave her a Kirk-esque edginess. Those experiences made Janeway a more well rounded Captain -- ironic to think of someone finding their inner James T. Kirk making them a better and more complete person, usually it would be the reverse of a "Kirk" getting in touch with his/her feelings. By getting to "ride shotgun with a group of officers like that", Janeway attained the full set of skills necessary to see her ship and crew through 70 years in the delta quadrant, and thereby received 63 years off for good behavior.

PS @ Robert ... agreed, more Kira in command of DS9 would be welcome, especially if Lieutenant Nog is her first officer!
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 4:16am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resistance

Surprisingly no one has mentioned that Mulgrew and Grey have worked together before, in somewhat different roles .... in REMO WILLIAMS


A quirky "spy" film from the 1980s
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Sat, Sep 2, 2017, 2:35am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Re comments of zzybaloobah ... completely agreed on prime directive and TOS vs TNG... as Captain Janeway explained in Voyager, "they were a little quicker to fire phasers ..."

General order 24 is definitely bad ass -- btw does anyone know what general orders 1 - 23 are ?
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JJ Not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 4:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

Surprised that nobody commented on Sisko briefing Odo about the
secret undercover mission ... on the second floor of Quark's Bar ...
with people sitting at other tables all around. Starfleet Security
at it's finest!
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 11:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Flashback

Janeway "would have liked to ride shotgun with a group of officers like that" ... anyone care to speculate what her job would have been on Kirk's Enterprise?
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 1:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

Swords and knives are the Klingon way ... if Dax had been helping Al Capone, John Dillinger and Meyer Lansky avenge the murders of their kids, then Thompson sub machine guns would be appropriate
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Jan 13, 2017, 10:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

To paraphrase Spock, the reviews of the many outweigh the reviews of the one!

Several contributors pointed out correctly that more advanced effects would have detracted from the plot. One of the wonderful things about the original series is that the writing and directing were often so good, that years later you can watch an episode like Balance of Terror and think "this time they may not get out of it" even though you have seen the show countless times before
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Jan 13, 2017, 10:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

Add at least a star to all episodes if, lIke me, you grew up watching Star Trek on various much smaller TVs -- some were even black and white! LOL

amazing how much detail there is to be seen on today's big screens ... in other episodes you can see a lot of details on the starships, in this episode you can see that Droxine has a six pack of abs!
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Jan 13, 2017, 6:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Requiem for Methuselah

If nobody else has pointed out ... the obvious source of the infection is Kirk fooling around on some lovely planet LOL
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Fri, Jan 13, 2017, 12:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

All fair comments, but did you all miss the episodes key point -- Quark has an awesome imagination! Who were those women on his arms?
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JJ not Abrams 8-)
Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 12:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

Powerful episode ...

Excellent commentary by everyone

Who's to say the red shirt wouldn't have been killed even if Sisko had opted to shoot first and ask questions later? It's war, and the Jem Hadar are pretty good at their job.
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JJS2
Sun, May 24, 2015, 7:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

I've always had a hard time with this one. I agree with SkepticMI about Gowron's use; something that always nagged at me on DS9 was the difference in Gowron from Reunion to the end. But the casting here has always bothered me, like most of the Klingon casting in TNG after Reunion; the clerics had the right look but not the right look, and Kahless, though I cant necessarily fault the performance, but the physicality just ruins it; I damn near laughed along with Gowron.
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JJ
Tue, May 20, 2014, 6:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

I think the only thing that really hurts this episode is that they stuck it between Homestead and the finale. Put it in the middle of the season and run and it would be easily 3 1/2 stars... not as good as tinker tenor but still great.
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JJ
Fri, May 9, 2014, 4:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I like this episode - if for nothing else, then for the cast performances as they slowly succumb. It's like a worse version of Living Witness where instead of evil, the crew was playing tragic doomed versions of themselves. Versions where their character traits are taken to the extreme: Janeway's stubborness, Chakotay's rationality, Tom's contempt for authority, Harry's optimism... It's a "what if" premise where the scenario is facing oblivion.
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JJ
Sat, Mar 8, 2014, 3:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

I am in complete agreement with Jammer on this one. There are some minor flaws, but overall I would say this is one of if not the best stand alone episodes. Direction and acting are superb and the twist is excellent. The exposition scene at the end does seem unnecessarily dialogue heavy (we don't need everything spelled out to us), but that doesn't overshadow the rest.
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JJ
Sun, Feb 9, 2014, 1:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

A lot of the problems with this episode have been well covered, but I have to agree with Moegreen. That chess scene was very poorly written. I know this is "space chess", but are we to believe that Troi counters a classic well known chess move by moving 1 piece once and Data and apparently the entire "space chess" world were unable to come up with this? And this somehow demonstrates the superiority of human intuition? Two words for this scene - clumsy and awful.
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